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As students head back to school this month, take some time to learn something new yourself. Try a new project with a Dremel rotary tool, see how Dremel tools were recently used on a famous Chicago statue, and share your knowledge about your Dremel tools in three surveys.
Sculpting History with Dremel Rotary ToolsWhat do baseball great Ernie Banks and American film legend Clark Gable have in common? As it turns out, Dremel. Lou Cella, a sculptor at the Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany in Highwood, Ill., created statues of both celebrities, in part, with the help of a Dremel rotary tool.
The Clark Gable statue is a small piece that resides in the museum of the Clark Gable Foundation in Cadiz, Ohio, where Gable was born, while the Ernie Banks statue is a larger-than-life tribute to the former Cubs player just outside of Wrigley Field in Chicago.
The sculpting process begins in clay, then molds are made and pieces are ultimately caste in bronze. Cella uses Dremel rotary tools once the piece is caste in bronze to get rid of seams and make the piece look cohesive. Dremel rotary tools have also come in handy when touch-ups or an artist signature are needed.
Most recently, Cella used a Dremel rotary tool to touch up the infamous apostrophe in the phrase “Let’s play two” on the marble base of the Ernie Banks statue. The apostrophe was originally left off the statue as a result of an unintentional typo and since then, has become a tourist hot spot. So many fingers have touched the apostrophe since it was added that it had become worn and barely visible. Cella used the new Dremel 4000 rotary tool for the job, slated to hit stores in October.
Cella has been a Dremel fan from the moment he learned Dremel existed and started using the brand’s rotary tools on a regular basis.
“I love working with Dremel rotary tools because they allow me to make precise movements, which are essential when doing detail work,” said Cella. “At times, you need to rework small lines and a Dremel rotary tool works perfectly because it doesn’t rattle the piece, as some other tools do, which could break the piece.”
Cella, of Arlington Heights, Ill., has been sculpting for nearly twenty years. He has been an artist of one kind or another his entire life but didn’t start sculpting seriously until he enrolled in classes at the Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany. He was brought onto the team in 1995, and since then, has made sculpting his career.
Pictures of Cella’s artwork and more information can be found at http://www.rotblattamrany.com/.
Featured Project — Sharpening a Lawn Mower BladeYou’ve been cutting your grass all summer long, so undoubtedly, your lawn mower blades are not as sharp as they were at the start of the season. Keep your lawn looking great by sharpening your blades with a Dremel rotary tool, 675 Lawn Mower and Garden Tool Sharpener and 932 Aluminum Oxide Grinding Stone, which comes with the sharpener.
The sharpening attachment easily screws onto your rotary tool in place of the housing cap and maintains a 30-degree angle for optimum blade sharpening. It can also be used to sharpen other garden tools such as shovels, shears, hoes and axes.
Follow the instructions in this video to sharpen your lawn mower blades. You’ll need to remove them from your lawn mower, secure them in a vice, clean them, then make even passes on both sides of the blade with the sharpener attached to your rotary tool.
Expert Advice — Manipulating Marble
Whether engraving the missing apostrophe in a famous statue, or making the last tile in your new kitchen backsplash fit just right, marble has become a common and practical material for a variety of artistic and home projects. Queries about manipulating marble typically fall in three categories: cutting, engraving and polishing.
Dremel rotary tools are a great option for assisting users with small, thin cuts in marble, but won’t work to cut thick countertops. If you need to make a small notch or cut into a piece of marble to make it fit as it should, try an EZ545 EZ Lock 1-1/2” Diamond Wheel on the EZ402 EZ Lock Mandrel. If the wheel needs to be offset to allow for more room, try using the 575 Right Angle Attachment.
Engraving in marble may take some time, but will produce beautiful results. Depending on the depth and detail desired, try using a silicon carbide grinding stone, tungsten carbide cutter or diamond grinding point. Silicon grinding stones can help you get started and take away the first pass of material. Tungsten carbide cutters produce more defined, sharper lines. Diamond grinding points (with a 481 3/32” Collet) work best for the finest details. All accessories will last longer if you let the tool do the work, and don’t push too hard to speed up the process.
Polishing marble with Dremel rotary tools is not generally recommended. The red polishing compound may stain marble’s porous texture. The Dremel brand’s polishing accessories, such as emery impregnated wheel points, won’t contribute to the shiny finish on marble.
If you have additional questions, please contact the Dremel Experts via e-mail or 800.437.3635. We can be reached Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST.
New Detail Abrasive Sanding Brushes Hit StoresThe Dremel brand’s newest rotary tool sanding accessory, the Detail Abrasive Brush, can now be found in home centers and hardware stores nationwide. EZ-Lock compatible, the Detail Abrasive Brush comes in three different grit strengths and is ideal for contoured, intricate or hard-to-reach work pieces. Use it to remove paint without damage to the surface below!
Surveys, surveys, surveys!If you own a Dremel 100-, 200- or 300-Series rotary tool purchased in the last two years — take one, two or all three of these surveys for a chance to win a Dremel 400 Series XPR™ Rotary Tool Kit.
We value your opinions so much that we’re asking for feedback on three of our core rotary tools this month: the 100-, 200- and 300-series tools. If you own any or all of these tools, and purchased them in the last two years, please take the survey(s) corresponding to the tool(s) you own. Your feedback helps us improve and update our rotary tools to meet your wants and needs. Each survey should take less than six minutes to complete. Visit this link to take the Dremel 100 Series survey, visit this link to take the Dremel 200 Series survey, and visit this link to take the Dremel 300 Series Variable Speed survey.
Take one or all, and we’ll enter the names of all respondents into a prize drawing as our way of saying ‘thanks.’ Seven winners, chosen at random, will win a 400-3/55 Dremel 400 Series XPR Rotary Tool Kit. The more surveys you take, the greater your chances are of winning!
CongratulationsThank you to everyone who completed the Dremel rotary tool attachment survey in the June eNewsletter. Congratulations to the seven winners who were chosen at random to win a Dremel Multi-Max Oscillating Tool System: William Kuns, El Paso, TX; Paul Carlson, Knoxville, TN; John Rinehart, Granite Shoals, TX; Larry Chapman, Dartmouth, NS, CA; Mary Jansen, Victoria, TX; Darren Millam, Blue Springs, MO; and John Schueler, Janesville, WI.
Stay tuned for more Dremel news this year!
Safety reminder: When working with Dremel brand or any other power tool, always wear eye protection and a dust mask, and read and understand the owner’s manual prior to using.